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Key Facts


  • Private university founded in 1842
  • Undergraduate options:
    • College for Women
    • Adult Degree Program (co-educational)
  • Graduate programs:
    • Graduate Teacher Education
    • Shakespeare and Performance
    • In development at the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences: Doctor of Physical Therapy (2014), Doctor of Occupational Therapy (2014), and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (2015).
  • Locations
    • Historic main campus located in downtown Staunton, Virginia, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley
    • Regional Centers in Charlottesville, Rappahannock, Richmond, Roanoke, South Boston, Staunton, Weyers Cave, and Williamsburg


  • Organized into four Schools of Excellence:
    • Arts, Humanities, and Renaissance Studies
    • Education, Health, and Social Work
    • Social Sciences, Business, and Global Studies
    • Science
  • Undergraduate degrees in more than 50 majors and minors: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
  • Two undergraduate pathways with same requirements for the bachelor’s degree:
    • College for Women
    • Adult Degree Program
  • Three graduate programs
    • Graduate Teacher Education, including Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education
    • Master of Letters (MLitt) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Performance
    • Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, offering a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Pre-professional programs in law, medicine, ministry, ROTC (Air Force, Navy, Army)
  • Undergraduate and post baccalaureate teacher licensure programs
  • Academic partnerships
    • American Shakespeare Center (Shakespeare and Performance program)
    • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library (Public History program)
    • Virginia Program at Oxford
  • Phi Beta Kappa Chapter and  17 other academic honor societies



  • 788 undergraduate women in the Residential College for Women
    • Student/Faculty Ratio 12:1
    • Average Class Size 17.7
  • 1273 adult degree women and men
  • 291 graduate women and men


  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science — 247
  • Bachelor of Social Work — 17
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) — 71
  • Master of Education (MEd) — 26
  • Master of Letters (MLitt) — 19
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) — 16
  • Teacher Licensure — 118

TUITION AND FEES (2014–2015)

  • Tuition and Fees (Residential College for Women) — $29,595
  • Room and Board (Residential College for Women) — $8,650
  • ADP per Credit Hour — $438
  • Graduate Teacher Education per Credit Hour — $476
  • Shakespeare and Performance per Credit Hour — $750
  • Percent undergraduates receiving financial aid: 100%
  • Average undergraduate annual aid package — $19,000


  • 95% of alumnae/i say they were prepared as well or better than other new employees or students in grad school
  • 30% earn advanced degrees.


Facilitated through the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement


  • Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of  Colleges and Schools (SACS) to grant bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees
  • Education programs accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)
  • Social Work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • All programs of the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant studies) have initiated the appropriate accreditation process; current status posted on the MDCHS Accreditation page

Major Rankings

  • Top tier master’s university in the South (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Barron’s Best Buy in College Education
  • Washington Monthly recognition as service-oriented master’s university
  • Princeton Review “Best in the Southeast”
  • Military Friendly School designation by Victory Media
  • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
  • College of Distinction (Student Horizons) designation for engaged students, great teaching, successful outcomes, and vibrant community
  • Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges”
  • Safest residential college campus in Virginia — top 5 overall in Virginia (